Sports Bill has become a necessity to check the commercialisation of sports and there is a pressing need to bring sports under the ambit of law, EMS Natchiappan, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said here Friday.
Sportspersons committing fraud while competing, including under-performance, can be slapped with a punishment of a maximum of five-year imprisonment, according to the proposed `Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill`.
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has sent the draft of the National Sports Development Bill to the leaders of various political parties of the both the Houses and eminent sportspersons, inviting their comments on the proposed bill.
Sports Minister Ajay Maken is leaving no stone unturned in his attempts to clear all the doubts his colleagues have regarding the Sports Bill and is hoping for a "smooth passage" when it is introduced in the Cabinet again.
Emboldened by the huge support from the former and current top sportspersons of the country, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Monday said that he hoped the revised National Sports Development Bill would be cleared by the Cabinet.
The BCCI is one of the most efficient sports bodies in the country but there would be a question mark over its functioning if the cricket board does not come under the Right to Information Act, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Monday.
Eminent Sports personalities came out in support of the revised National Sports Development Bill and criticised the opposing Indian Olympic Association (IOA), saying they are actually "ill-informed" and "shooting in the air".
Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Thursday said he was waiting for a written reply from the Indian Olympic Association on the revised Draft Sports Bill, which has been termed as "draconian" by IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra.